The Idan Raichel Project brings Peace to the Middle East
Creator and face of The Idan Raichel Project, Israeli-born Idan Raichel’s charm, voice, and piano-playing skills make us ignore the fact that most of his song lyrics are in other languages. Raichel’s music is mostly in Hebrew, with a splash of Arabic, Swahili, Amharic, and Spanish. The Idan Rachel Project draws from many influences to bring their fans a once in a lifetime show. By blending African, Latin American, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern, The Idan Raichel Project makes a noble effort to unite the world through song.
The story of Raichel’s journey is enough to convert you into a fan. An Israeli law mandates all men and women to join the army at the age of eighteen, so Raichel entered the service. But instead of going to the front lines Raichel played in the army’s rock band. From the beginning of his career he wanted his music to be diverse and have a message with a universal connection. Raichel then surprised many by inviting friends from the Arab community to take the stage with him. He was later signed with Helicon Records and offered the opportunity to create an album, which was a quick success. The Idan Raichel Project has worked with over 95 different singers from the ages of 16 to 91; The Project is truly a melting pot of different countries and spiritual beliefs.
While Raichel’s music is technically labeled as “pop” many would say his material is more eclectic and alternative sounding. Raichel uses the Old Testament as a template for many of his songs. Raichel said, in an interview with the New York Times, “I use the Bible because all the most important and beautiful things have already been said, so that the best that I can probably do is repeat them.” With Raichel’s message of peace and voice like an angel, every track is a new gem you will want to hear and your heart will help you figure out what The Idan Raichel Project is saying to you.
The Idan Raichel Project comes to The Rialto Center of the Arts on October 20, 2013. For tickets go online at www.rialtocenter.org or call 404-413-9849. FREE PARKING for all Rialto shows.